Scriptures: Revelation 2:12-17, 2 Peter 2:15-16
Balaam was a man who used religion for personal advancement, which is a sin that God does not take lightly. Balaam was hired by a pagan king to curse Israel, and at first he did what God told him to do. But eventually his motives and desires won out, because Balaam had mixed motives. He mixed obedience and profits.
Balaam knew the awesome power of God, but his heart was occupied with what he could gain (his wealth). He lived a life of deception: maintaining an outward appearance of spirituality, but he was corrupt in his inward life. He followed God's commands if it meants personal gratification or profit.
Every Christian faces the same process as Balaam, but we must realize the following things:
1) Who and what we are will always surface- God will remove the masks we use to cover ourselves.
2) We have two choices to make: put alot of effort into keeping up appearances or to find the answer to the sin in our lives.
3) We can avoid Balaam's mistakes by: facing ourselves, understanding that God already knows us, accepting that God will forgive us and letting God make us over from within.
The doctrine of Balaam was that of the church of Pergamos, the lenient or the compromsing church. It was the blending of two different things, and the concession of principles. It was categorized by the pressure to be open-minded. Balaam taught Balak the king, who could not defeat Israel, how to influence Israel. His relationship underminded their beliefs through idol worship and sexual misconduct.
We as Christians should never tolerate those who try to lead us astray. We cannot allow our motives to be mixed, but instead allow our God to direct and heal us.